Upper Arlington City Schools News Article

10 UAHS seniors recognized as National Merit Semifinalists

The National Merit Semifinalists

Ten Upper Arlington High School students have qualified as Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, giving them the opportunity to compete for college scholarships in recognition of their academic achievement.

These members of the UAHS Class of 2020 are among approximately 1.6 million high school students across the country that entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of those entrants, approximately 16,000 high scorers — or the top 1 percent — qualify as Semifinalists.

Semifinalists represent the highest scores on the PSAT/NMSQT. The Upper Arlington students named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists are:
  • Samuel B.
  • Nathanael B.
  • Nicholas F.
  • Allan K.
  • Jessica P.
  • William R.
  • Lindsey R.
  • Grace T.
  • Leon W.
  • Ainsley Y.

Within a few weeks, several more Upper Arlington students will be named among the National Merit Scholarship Program’s Commended Students. These students placed among the top 50,000 high scores on the PSAT/NMSQT but did not achieve Semifinalist status. They will receive letters of commendation in recognition of outstanding academic promise.

Beginning in March, the National Merit Scholarship program expects to notify about 7,500 Semifinalists that they advanced to Finalist status after fulfilling several requirements, including having a record of a high academic achievement in grades nine through 12 and earning a high score on the SAT. The 7,500 finalists will receive Merit Scholarship awards. 

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

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